A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
What do these words actually mean? If someone is to be a “Constitutionalist”, then there has to be both a historical and a definitional comprehension of the language of the times. For instance, The Anglican Book of Common Prayer used during the late 18th century, employs the word “travail” - pronounced “truh-veye” does not mean “travel” or even “heavy marching”, but rather, “worries” or “troubles”.
Even so, “well regulated”, in late 18th Century parlance does not mean “regulated” in the modern sense at all, but rather, “properly and heavily armed”. “Militia”, as specifically used to denote a citizen army, which was ALL THE ARMY THE FOUNDERS WANTED in the colonies, now the new states of the new country. The very thought of an unregulated militia was treason; Still, the very idea of an overwhelming Army was also so odious, it took special acts of Congress to eventually create one, and it wasn’t allowed to operate in any state.
And, as Penn and Teller have so graphically pointed out, it was the FEAR of a Standing Army, which the colonies had just defeated, that was ever on the minds of those Constitution framers.
So, what the 2 Amendment really points to is the right of an individual to protect him or her from the STANDING ARMY becoming politicized, and it should not and could not be withheld, by Divine right, from ANY citizen.
Technically, I need my own EMP projector.